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The Legend Of Blind Joe Death Original recording remastered
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In 1959 the 19 year old egomaniac John Fahey decided to make an album of solo acoustic blues-based guitar pieces and, knowing that the world was just not interested in any such thing (why doesn't he sing?) didn't even bother to try to interest a real record company, so he borrowed 300 dollars and got 100 copies of his album pressed up all by himself. One side said JOHN FAHEY, the other side BLIND JOE DEATH, sort of implying that there were two guitarists, the other being an old blues guy. But that was just a little joke, there was only Fahey.
It took 3 years to sell the 100 records and then instead of re-pressing the album he figured he could play better, so in 1964 he rerecorded most of it. Then, in 1967, he did it all over again. So there are three versions. This marvellous release gives you most of 1964 and 1967. Why have two versions of the same album presented here? Why not just the latest and presumably best version? If you get to listen to it you'll hear why - it's all in the differences. With this release Fahey fans thought they'd died and gone to heaven.
Have read all the reviews and comments above with great interest and also with great joy...joy to find that Faheys music still after so many years can arise so much feelings...
And also that one commentor clearly pointed out that Fahey could not be regarded as a blues guitarist and thus not be compared with House, James and Hurt...so correct!
The cd in itself, or should I maybe better name it "the project" is a good example of what can be achieved with limited space in preserving and presenting this legendary Opus Magnum...
The music itself is not so very much to say about...a dozen and more reviewers have done so, and done it good, and I myself have been hooked for some good forty years by now...so what more to say about the music? It speaks for itself!
But I have a few critical remarks on discographical details, common knowledge to Fahey aficionados but perhaps of some interest to those who are newly arrived in Faheyverse.
This whole project is built around the legendary Blind Joe Death LP, recorded in St. Michaels and All Angels Church in Adelphi Maryland april 1959 with Pat Sullivan as
recording engineer (and not in the cellar studios of Joe Bussard as some reviewer suggested) and issued in 100 copies.
This LP has through the years achieved a mythical status!
It consisted of 11 titles divided by one certain Blind Joe Death on side A and one certain John Fahey on side B.
Blind Joe of course being the pseudonum for Fahey.
In retrospect it can be stated the the LP was regarded as incomprehensible even by blues and folk-music aficionados by that time.Read more ›